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Offline Sach

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Re: Question re: Cane in a Strathearn P15 Closepack
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 11:55:36 AM »
Could it be different expansion coefficients of the different colours with temperature? Flat surface when canes are cut (at room temperature), resulting in a "dune surface" when heated up during set-up and encasing, and bubbles forming in the "valleys"?

Not so much the expansion coefficients as different viscosities and melting points.  Some colors, such as cobalt blue and white tend to soften and flow at much lower temperatures than others.  Reds and yellows tend to be much stiffer and require more heat to flow.  In the example above the white would have softened long before the orange did.  Yes, it seems quite possible that what you describe could happen under the right conditions.

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Re: Question re: Cane in a Strathearn P15 Closepack
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2012, 10:08:51 AM »
In the meantime I have contacted Dave Moir (for many years head glassblower at Strathearn) about this issue (with some electronic detour via Derek).

Dave reports that at Strathearn for the standard spoke weights bubbles were certainly not planned. It was a case of producing as many as possible in as short a time as possible.

He also mentions that the colours they used had quite different melting temperatures - white was particularly soft (low melting point) whereas red was hard (high melting temperature). Now - in the examples from my weight, in both cases the bubbles formed over white/grey areas surrounded by red/orange. Would the temperature of the hot plate (where canes were set up) be sufficient for the white to be softened? Also - would glass shrink when softened - or would some effect of the surrounding colours also be required to produce small indentations (for the later bubbles)?
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Re: Question re: Cane in a Strathearn P15 Closepack
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 04:46:14 AM »
Great info all and thanks for the research Wuff!


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